School Based Health Center Advisory Committee

School Based Health Center Advisory Committee

Public Act 13-287 establishes a school-based health center advisory committee for the purpose of advising the Commissioner of Public Health on matters relating to (1) statutory and regulatory changes to improve health care through access to school-based health centers, and (2) minimum standards for the provision of services in school-based health centers to ensure that high quality health care services are provided in school-based health care centers.  The act requires the DPH Commissioner to report to the Public Health and Education Committees annually on or before February 1, 2014 and annually thereafter regarding the status of behavioral health services in school-based health centers, and on committee activities.

Advisory Committee Minutes

Brief Reports:

Mental Health

School-Based Health Centers offer high-quality mental health care, provided by clinicians with expertise in child and adolescent health, using an interdisciplinary approach to health. SBHCs reduce the barriers experienced in traditional mental health settings, including stigma, difficulty accessing care and long wait times for appointments.

Addressing Obesity

School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) offer an opportunity to identify and monitor obesity in young children and adolescents. Preventive services such as dietary and exercise counseling offered at many SBHCs throughout the state.


A recent study found substantial economic benefits to School-Based Health Care (SBHC) programs for managing childhood asthma. The authors found that nearly half the cost of administering SBHC programs is recaptured through reduced emergency room, hospital, and outpatient expenses.